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Be Generous

Be Generous

12 January 2010

Scripture:

33 “Be generous. Give to the poor. Get yourselves a bank that can’t go bankrupt, a bank in heaven far from bankrobbers, safe from embezzlers, a bank you can bank on. 34 It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being." (Luke 12:33-34 MSG)

Be generous! In the preceding verses, Luke records that Jesus said, “Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met!”

I remember what was for me a defining moment, riding in a mini-van in Atlanta with my friend Phil. We were discussing our attitudes toward money. Phil said, “When I have money, I feel that if I don’t give it or spend it, I’ll never get any more.” As he said that, the lights went on for me and I realized that my attitude toward money was, “When I have some money, I feel that if I don’t hang on to it and use it exactly right, I’ll never get any more.”

Phil’s attitude was based on an infinite supply, mine based on a limited supply. My behavior with money began to change from that moment. I still feel the responsibility to be a good steward of money, but I have experienced in life what I learned in faith – that as a Christ follower I am giving and spending out of God’s unlimited supply and not out of my own limited resources.

I can remember another defining moment in a conversation with a fellow missionary couple in St Louis years ago, when they told Jean and me that their biggest supporter was another missionary. In that moment, we decided to give to other missionaries and our lives changed again. And in the years since that moment, there have been times when we were another missionary’s biggest contributor. How cool is that?

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for today’s reminder of your unlimited supply and my privilege to be generous in giving to others who have less than I have. With your promptings and help, I am going to learn to do it more and better and more creatively than ever. Help me make some generosity and blessing stories this year. Amen.

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